Throwback to the hight of summer. Having goals in life is a very important thing to keep striving on. I’ve set a new goal for myself. To hike kungsleden in its entirety. Preparations is underway and I’m finally training for a purpose again and not only because. I’ve covered about 20k this week in training and more to come. Good thing is that it will bring a positive effect to my day to day life aswell. —————————————————
COLORADO FRIENDS: Help us celebrate the CDT’s 40th birthday. The @cdtcoalition is hosting a birthday party in Golden, CO on 12/4, and we need you to show up, drink beer, eat cake, and/or mingle with local trail enthusiasts. Head to the link in our profile to get more info and to RSVP. 📷 @choirizo #thetrek#trektheCDT
Going through photo albums i found this old pic with my buddy Luke from the iceagetrailorg. This was taken around 2003, the year of my first thru hike, when the Ice Age Trail had the most thru hikers ever on trail. There were two of us... I didn’t meet Luke that year because he was 2 weeks behind me, but we did trail work together afterwards and got to share some great stories.
Also, today is International Men’s Day! I’m going to celebrate by doing the same thing I do everyday. 200 push-ups. 💪🦍
November 17, 2018 (Saturday)
Dafna to outside of Merkaz Kah
20+ miles (18+ trail miles)
Left Dafna just after 8:30 a.m. to walk the 1.5 mile road walk back to Dan.
Warm today. Clear blue skies over Mt Hermon. I was able to wear just shorts and a t-shirt all day. Tonight I'm going to try to sleep in my t-shirt, shorts, and beanie with one sleeping bag.
Not much trail walking today. I had to pay 28 shekels to go thru Nahal Snir Nature Preserve (which took about 8 minutes to walk). Most of the trail walking today was forrest roads and farm roads.
Lots of animals seen today:
Probably millions of ants, a snake, frog, grasshoppers, birds, goats, cows, lizards, beetles, boars. And what souned like a herd of screaming coyotes on both sides of me. (listen to video)
Decided to try breakfast before I left this morning. Glad I did. It seemed to be different kinds of casserole-like dishes, small pancakes, and OJ. Breakfast made me more upbeat. I wasn't feeling to well last night. Headed back to the start of the trail around 8.30am.
I tried to drink more water today. And stopped for a nice lunch in a Kibbutz.
I made the mistake of leaving my socks drying in the closet. Yesterday I was smart enough to wear socks. Usually, I don't wear socks with these shoes at home, but my feet are not use to walking 18+ miles. The trail notes said there are several stream crossings, so I left my socks off, and shouldn't have.
I soon noticed my right heel was suffering. I resorted with a hankerchief. Then my left foot was rubbing. Luckily at lunch, there was a small grocery store open where I purchased ladies slip on socks for dress shoes to create a barrier between my heel and the shoe. These kind of worked. And hopefully my feet can make it until I am able to purchase socks.
So my feet are pretty tender. The sun went down on me before I could complete the miles I had hoped for.
Food and water supply for tomorrow looks a little limited.
Startled 10+ boars as I walked in the dark. The first boar got my adrenaline pumping. I would later hear snorts ... More of the journal & pics: facebook.com/purebound
Two Little Legs | One Giant Journey
For the second brief time this year, it was my delight to join “Ladybug” on her thru-hike of the PCT. We’d last shared the trail in April on Mount San Jacinto in Southern California. By August, about four months later, Julia had hiked more than 2,000 miles to reach Chinook Pass in central Washington.
I am inspired to see a member of Fall 2016 Red Crew making her way in the world. I got to know Julia as her Woodsboss in the summer of 2016, and I was lucky to have her on Red Crew for the adventures and challenges of that fall’s Youth Corps session. Coincidentally, that adventure began with two weeks of challenges and delights in this same forest landscape. That experience informed my decision to work in the Norse Peak Wilderness this summer, to return to those trails, and lakes, and trees.
Julia has found her place in the wilderness and continues to learn and grow in the wider world. It is a privilege to be a small part of her journey. I look forward to seeing where she goes next.
Captured 8/10/18 19:36 to 8/11/18 8:11 Tacoma Time
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“Why? Because it was there.” -Grandma Gatewood’s Walk. To some, this might not seem like a good reason to pick up your life and head to the woods, for me it was everything. It changed me, saved me, and will continue to inspire me. While it’s gone from a goal to an accomplishment, it will be with me forever. 📷: @standingbylights (my favorite hiking partner) #at2018#katahdin#appalachiantrail#sunset